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2004 Tesco Finest Chenin Blanc; 2003 Hatzidakis; 2001 Laurent Miquel Bardou Saint Chinian

Under a fiver: 2004 Tesco Finest Chenin Blanc, £4.99

A powerful and well-priced new vintage chenin from the Cape restaurateur and chenin blanc champion Ken Forrester. It's a refreshingly rich and apricoty dry white with floral undertones of honeysuckle.

Under a tenner: 2003 Hatzidakis, Santorini, from £8.99

Tanners (01743 234455), Noel Young Wines (01223 844744), Villeneuve Wines (01721 722500), Handford (020-7589 6113)

A Greek blend of assyrtiko, aidani and athiri. An elegant, full-flavoured, dry white with a grapefruit twist.

Splash out: 2001 Laurent Miquel Bardou Saint Chinian, www.sainsburyswine.co.uk, £11.39

A crackerjack Languedoc red. Perfumed richness of tarry, blackberryish fruit enhanced by spicy oak and a backbone of smooth tannins. The restraint and class of France plus a New World-like opulence.

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